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Bono Dedicates ‘Pride (In The Name of Love)’ to Ireland’s Marriage Equality Victory at Phoenix Concert: VIDEO

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U2 frontman Bono celebrated Ireland’s s strong vote in favor of marriage equality with a heartfelt nod to his homeland while performing “Pride (In the Name of Love)” at a concert in Phoenix over the weekend.

"It's a moment for us to thank the people who brought peace to our country, who had the courage to compromise in Ireland,” said Bono. “Now we turn this into prayer...no greater love. Dr. King we need you now more than ever.”

Ahead of the marriage referendum vote, Bono told the Irish Times "Marriage is now an idea that transcends religion... It is owned by the people. They can decide. It's not a religious institution." The band also sent posted the below photo on its Instagram page:

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Watch U2‘s heartfelt performance of “Pirde (In the Name of Love)”,  AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bruce Springsteen, Chris Martin Step in for Bono at U2 'World AIDS Day' Concert in Times Square: FULL VIDEO

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U2 played a surprise World AIDS Day concert for (RED) last night in Times Square but had some last minute substitutions.

Because Bono is still recovering from a November 16 bicycle accident in Central Park, the band announced via its Facebook page at 3 pm yesterday that Adam Clayton, The Edge and Larry Mullen Jr. would be joined by Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen, who donated their time and talents.

Martin wore a t-shirt that read 'SUBSTITU2'.

Carrie Underwood and Kanye West performed as well. Former President Bill Clinton introduced the band.

Watch the full concert, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Sam Smith, Coldplay, Adele, Others to Re-Record 'Do They Know It's Christmas' for Ebola Relief

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Bob Geldof is getting the Band Aid back together again. In a press conference on Monday, Geldof and Midge Ure announced that the iconic (and some say annoying) charity hit "Do They Know It's Christmas" will be re-recorded to raise funds to fight ebola, with new artists like Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, One Direction, and Adele joining megabands like Coldplay and U2 (who were on the original 1984 recording). The lyrics of the song will be slightly adjusted to reflect the situation of ebola rather than famine, which was their original cause celeb. 

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 5.35.03 PMGeldof said that the new group, named Band Aid 30 in honor of the 30th anniversary of the first recording, was inspired not by nostalgia but by the United Nations. "Three weeks ago I got a call from the UN saying they required a 20% increase across the board [in funding to fight ebola]," said Geldof, known as much for being a humanitarian and a musician. "They are very concerned about the situation in west Africa.”

Geldof will gather all the artists in a London studio this weekend with an online release next Monday. This marks the fourth time the song will be recorded to help a humanitarian cause, the last effort being in 2004 with a hip hop-oriented cover to raise money for war torn Darfur. Geldof also mentioned that he had contacted Quincy Jones to see about enlisting American artists to help. Can a "We Are The World"-redux be next?

Watch the 1984 original and Geldof's presser, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Boy George Talks The Best Songs Of 1984 - VIDEO

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Famous for his spats with other 80s pop stars, Boy George was in a good mood when he popped into Rolling Stone to chat about their list of the 100 best singles of 1984, he was surprisingly positive.

Bruce Springsteen’s Born In the U.S.A? - "It was so American and so rousing!"

U2’s Pride? - "They were just amazing, amazing."

Maybe not so much on Wham! though - "When George Michael came along I was like, 'He's called George? That's not allowed!"

Watch George on “the year of more" and the video for King of Everything from his last album This Is What I Do, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Coachella Lineup Announced

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Outkast, Muse, and Arcade Fire will headline this year's Coachella music festival in Indio, California which takes place the weekends of April 11-13 and April 18-20.

The L.A. Times adds: "Additionally, Coachella will mark the West Coast return of the Replacements, the scrappy 1980s indie rock outfit that unexpectedly reformed in fall 2013. The act broke up on stage in Chicago in 1991. Beloved rock acts such as Neutral Milk Hotel and the Afghan Whigs will also make a rare live appearance at Coachella."

There had been rumors that U2 might headline Coachella this year but so far, no dice.


Broadway's Spider-Man Underwent Rigorous Crotch Analysis

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The record-breaking operational costs involved in staging the elaborate new Julie Taymor-U2 Spider-man musical included this:

“One whole day was devoted to make sure there was nothing inappropriate showing in the crotch area of the suit. Andrew (Garfield) should be flattered that it took so long to get that part right!”

Last night 60 Minutes offered a preview of the production. Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

Sunday night's first preview was stopped at least five times for technical issues.

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